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Massachusetts 2008 ballot measures

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Three citizen-initiated ballot questions were on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Constitution can be amended through initiative and new state laws (statutes) can be proposed through initiative. All three statewide ballot measures that earned a spot on the November ballot by collecting signatures were new state laws (not constitutional amendments).

In Massachusetts, after the state determines which initiatives have succeeded in collecting enough signatures to be placed on the ballot, official numbers/names are assigned to each of the successful initiatives. Secretary of State William Galvin has discretion over the order of questions on the ballot. His office announced that they had determined the ballot ordering "based on the perceived relative importance of the proposed laws."

Key facts

  • Of those 64, 32 were approved by voters.

National overview

November 4, 2008 ballot

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Question 1 Taxes Repeal state income tax Defeatedd
IndISS Question 2 Marijuana policy Decriminalize small amounts of marijuana Approveda
IndISS Question 3 Animal rights Prohibit (professional) dog racing Approveda

Didn't make ballot

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Repeal 40B Government Administration Would strip four affordable housing provisions from the state's permitting law Failed signature requirement

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